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Focal Kanta Series Speakers Seduces with Sonics and Style

By | October 18th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

In October of 2017, Focal arrived at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver with an entirely new loudspeaker, the Kanta N°2. This relatively compact floor-stander (44 inches tall, 12 inches wide) was the first to combine Focal’s renowned beryllium tweeter with the company’s proprietary flax cone midrange and bass drivers. The three-way design employs a 6.5-inch midrange driver and two 6.5-inch bass drivers in each 88-pound cabinet. Selling for $10,000 per pair, the Kanta N°2 is positioned above Focal’s more affordable Aria series (which were the first to use the flax cone drivers) but below the much larger and more expensive Sopra series.… Read the full article

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Outlaw Audio BLSv2 Bookshelf and LCRv2 Loudspeaker Review

By | October 16th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

BLSv2 and LCRv2 Speaker Introduction

Outlaw Audio is most well-known for their aBLS pair6.jpgudio electronics and subwoofers, but about 10 years ago they tried their hand at loudspeakers with successful results. The original BLS Bookshelf Loudspeaker and LCR Loudspeaker were met with acclaim and sold well, but their manufacturing source was closed down after being bought out by a private equity firm. Outlaw did not immediately follow up the BLS or LCR with a successor speaker, since there were few domestic manufacturers that could meet Outlaw’s criteria for a loudspeaker that they would be willing to sell.… Read the full article

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Acurus 12.1CH Muse Processor & M8 8CH Amplifier Targets Multi-Media Rooms

By | October 15th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

The American audio brand Acurus brought several new and newly upgraded products to the recent CEDIA trade show in San Diego. Acurus and its parent company, Indy Audio Labs, announced earlier this year that the premium Acurus ACT 4 home theater processor would receive an update in the second quarter of 2018, and the new 20-channel version of the ACT 4 was on display in all its glory at the expo. The updated ACT 4, which sells for $9,500 here in the U.S., can natively decode 9.1.6 Dolby Atmos, with configurable channels to spare (maximum layout options are 9.5.6 or 9.7.4).… Read the full article

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Wireless Speakers Bring Premium Sound To Roku TVs

By | October 13th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Roku has come a long way since I bought my first Netflix-streaming box in 2009. The company has maintained its position as the top seller of digital media players, even in the face of fierce competition from the likes of Apple and Amazon. The first Roku-branded smart TVs arrived in 2014, priced at the low end of the market. Built by Chinese manufacturers Hisense and TCL, these sets offered a better user interface than other smart TVs from major manufacturers such as Samsung, LG, and Sony.… Read the full article

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Sony Aims High With Twin Flagship ‘Master Series’ TVs

By | October 10th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Sony was one of the first major TV manufacturers to ditch plasma and focus all of its attention on LCD TVs in the mid-2000s. Sony’s LCD models have maintained a reputation for good image quality, even if their sales have been overtaken by rival Samsung. Sony was also the first to release an OLED TV, the tiny (11-inch) XEL-1 OLED, back in 2007. After abandoning the tech for a number of years, Sony reentered the OLED business in 2017 with a full-size offering, the A1E, which the company produced by applying its own image-processing expertise to OLED panels supplied by LG.… Read the full article

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Help Grow Our YouTube Channel, Become a Patreon!

By | October 9th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Audioholics Patreon

Audioholics Patreon

Audioholics is looking to take our YouTube channel to the next level by asking our readers to support us through Patreon. Patreon is a membership platform that provides an easy way to run a subscription content service allowing us to deliver exclusive experiences to our subscribers or patreons. The Audioholics YouTube channel has over 65k subscribers reaching over 300k viewers/mo making us the #1 channel in our segment.  However, we want to bust that record and have a heck of a lot of fun doing it while also making it an educational experience for you.

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Denon’s New ‘800NE’ Range Merges Classic Style With Modern Features

By | October 8th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Denon is known for embracing new technologies, but also for making dependable, well-built gear that stands the test of time. (My AVR-4308CI receiver is no longer cutting-edge when it comes to features, but it has worked flawlessly for ten years). Now the company is offering a blend of the old and the new with its 800NE series integrated amplifier, network audio player, and CD player. These new components have the look and feel of traditional hi-fi gear, while offering all the modern conveniences of streaming music, whole-home audio, and voice control.… Read the full article

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SVS Goes Wireless with Their New Prime Speaker & SoundBase System

By | October 6th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

We’ve had our eye on the Prime Wireless Speaker System from SVS since company president Gary Yacoubian showed off early prototypes at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. Now the powered Primes are ready for prime time, and available for preorder for $600 per pair. SVS brought the production version of the Prime Wireless to Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver, along with a new streaming amplifier called the Wireless SoundBase ($500), which is designed to deliver high-quality power and streaming music to any pair of passive loudspeakers.… Read the full article

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Monoprice Monolith 15” THX Ultra Subwoofer Review

By | October 3rd, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Monolith 15″ THX Ultra Introduction

After many requests from our readers, and quite few delays, we have at long last 15 hero.jpgbrought you our review of Monoprice’s flagship subwoofer, the Monolith 15” THX Ultra. As was promised at the end of our Monolith 10” and 12” THX subwoofers review, we  finally got a chance to review Monoprice’s full Monolith THX subwoofer line. But for those who are new to the subwoofer market and haven’t been keeping track of which sub has or hasn’t been reviewed, let’s give the Monolith 15” THX Ultra a proper introduction.… Read the full article

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Monster Ousts Executive With Bizarre Past

By | October 2nd, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

In a recent press release announcing the 40th anniversary of Monster Products (formerly Monster Cable), company founder and CEO Noel Lee stressed Monster’s adaptability as central to its longterm success.

“It is a difficult exercise to constantly look at the relevance of a brand, and the company, and make the necessary changes to become even better and more important to our customers,” he said. “Change is never easy, but one has to look at the company’s product offerings, its value proposition and mission statement, and marketing and sales strategies.”

If you haven’t been following Monster’s somewhat bizarre trajectory lately (such as the company’s attempt earlier this year to raise $300 million by entering the murky waters of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies), Lee’s statement might sound unremarkable.… Read the full article

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